Spectacular! Disney has done it again! This film was one of the most anticipated films of the year and it definitely was worth the wait. It is a delight to behold. With an all-star cast consisting of Emma Watson who gives a fabulous performance as Belle, Dan Stevens also does a great job as Beast, Kevin Kline as Maurice Belle’s father, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe and Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza. Luke Evans is an impressive Gaston and Josh Gad gives a brilliant performance as LeFou. The music in the film is a mixture of the same songs we all know and love, but some new songs have also been added for the film. Disney has also pretty much stayed true to the original animated film, but with a few twists and differences.
This film has everything from action, enchantment, romance and love. It will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, so take plenty of tissue. You’re definitely going to need it. The special effects are amazing! The scene where the dishes are entertaining Belle is just splendid and visually stunning to watch. Another entertaining scene is when to towns people invade the castle and get attacked by the enchanted furniture as they defend the castle. This is one film you will want to see again and again. The CG animation mixed with reality is the perfect combination. This film takes you on an enchanted journey to love. The scene where Beast and Belle are dancing together is breathtakingly beautiful and definitely reminds you of the animated version of the film and a favorite scene. Disney definitely delivers on this live action version. This film will definitely join the long line of delightful Disney classic films.. It’s definitely a must see. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Being one of the most anticipated film releases for 2017 this film definitely delivers! Directed by James Mangold, this film has action, humor and heart. Set in 1973 an expedition to a secret Island headed by Bill Randa played by John Goodman who is on a mission with a hidden agenda to destroy all giant creatures which he considers to be monsters. Also along on this expedition are James Conrad a tracker played by Tom Hiddleston, Mason Weaver a photographer played by Brie Larson and a military escort headed by Preston Packard who has a showdown with Kong.
John C Riley provides the comic relief as Hank Marlow a WWII soldier deemed missing in action, but actually he has been stranded on the Island the whole time. When the film opens we see Hank:s first encounter with Kong which makes us think Kong killed him, but all is not as it seems. Kong is misunderstood because of his size. But they soon learn he is protecting his turf and everything he does is for that purpose. Think about it. Say you are at home minding your own business and people start dropping bombs and invade your home, wouldn’t you do all you could to defend it? Of course you would and Kong is no different.
Kong is protector of the people that live on the Island from the carnivorous predictors seeking to make meals of them. Just about everything on the Island is over sized from giant bugs such as Ants and Spiders to giant lizards that live under ground called Skull Crawlers. These lizards are mean, but Kong has kept them at bay.
The scenes with Mason and Kong really show Kong’s heart proving he is not the monster Rando and Preston believe him to be. This film is a definite must see! The cinematography is beautiful and the special affects are amazing. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.
A perfect ending to a legacy! Hugh Jackman returns to reprise his role as Logan/Wolverine. Logan is full of action and heart warming compassion. Set in the distant future after the war between humans and mutants ends and all of the mutants appear to be gone or wiped out only a few remain. A lot has changed and the heroes we once knew have greatly aged. It’s a bit alarming because it is hard to accept and it makes us all look at our own mortality. Patrick Stewart has also returned to reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier. The Professor too has aged and is ill with some degenerative brain disease that includes seizures that only affect mutants. Those scenes definitely show just how much mutants are affected. They all look like they are in excruciating pain. The way Logan looks after the Professor shows just how much love and respect he has for him.
A big surprise is Laura played by Dafne Keen, who was cloned like so many other children in the film using the DNA of the X-Men by Dr. Rice played by Richard E. Grant. So Laura is Wolverine’s daughter because she was cloned using his DNA. She is him in every way even her facial expressions were spot on. The fight sequences were very well choreographed. It is amazing to watch Wolverine and his off spring kick ass side by side.
For those that are familiar with X-Men comics can really relate to this film because the comics are actually shown in the film as a key component in the story line. The ending will leave you stunned a definite must see. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Outstanding! Jordan Peele has by far created the most original screen play. This film is phenomenal! It draws you in and doesn’t let you go. You will leave the theater in amazement! It definitely makes one think where he got the idea for this film. Could something like this happen or are things like this happening? The film takes place in modern times and opens with a Chris a black man played by Daniel Kaluuya is on the phone talking to his friend Rod Willams played by Lil Rel Howery. Next we see Rose Armitage a white woman played by Allison Williams buying coffee and then returns home to her man. At first you think this film is going to be a romantic comedy, especially since Jordan Peele is mainly known for comedy. There are some humorous moments in the film, however the subject of the film is no laughing matter.
The concept of the film is similar to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, but with a very creative twist. So Rose brings Chris home to meet her parents played by Catherine Keener and Bradly Whitford. They appear to be a normal family, but in this case looks can be deceiving. Jordan does a great job building the suspense in the film to the extent you don’t want to blink for fear you may miss something. And this is definitely one film you don’t want to miss. The special effects in the film are well done s well. The scene with the brain surgery really looks real and the makeup showing the scars is well done and also looks very real. All of the cast gives good performances that are believable.
This film definitely makes you think and the message is a powerful one. It is a definite must see it gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.
This Oscar worthy film is a very touching and powerful story based on actual events. The film is about the life experiences of a gay black man from child hood to adult hood. The film opens during child hood and we see Little played by Alex Hibbert, a sweet sensitive little boy being bullied by the other kids except his best friend Kevin played by Jaden Piner. He comes from a single parent home and his mother played by Naomi Harris is on drugs. So, it’s no wonder he gravitates towards the first man that takes an interest in him Juan, played by Mahershala Ali, who turns out to be the person from which his mother gets her drugs. But none the less Juan and his girlfriend Teresa played by Janell Monae give him a sense of what it feels like to have a normal family with a father figure to spend time with him and teach him how to be a man. As a child, he naturally has many questions as to his sexuality, but Juan and Teresa never judge him and they accept him. He in return didn’t like that Juan was his mother’s drug dealer at one point, but Juan did stop selling to his mother.
Next Little becomes a teenager and now going by his name Chiron, played by Ashton Sanders. During this time, he still is bullied, but also it seems he is more accepted. That is until an incident with his best friend Kevin now being played by Jharrel Jerome sends him on a different path. Actually as a result he moves to Atlanta. It’s not clear if he goes with his mother or Teresa and Juan, but based on his career choice more than likely he went with Juan and Teresa.
Now Chiron is a man going by a street name of Black played by Travante Rhodes. It’s pretty clear Juan had an influence on his career choice. This film is powerful and inspiring. It gives a glimpse into the life of a gay man who happens to be African American. It’s a definite must see. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Dorific! This sequel to Finding Nemo is spectacular! The entire cast has returned to help find Dory that adorable forgetful fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. This time Dory is remembering who she is and it is quite something to see. The way Dory finds her way is really neat to see. Now that she is remembering bits and pieces from her childhood she suddenly starts to remember her parents Jenny and Charlie voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. So she sets off on an adventure to find them with Marlin voiced by Albert Brooks and Nemo voiced by Hayden Rolence. The film opens with Dory as a child with her family. It shows how she was a happy forgetful child and how she became separated from her family.
She’s been lost literally her whole life! She overcame so much and she did it on her own just remembering things her parents taught her as a child. Dory was an adorable child too. She was the cutest little fish. She makes you just want to hug her. On her journey we meet some new friends. Hank voiced by Ed O’Neil is an octopus trying to go to Cleveland to a zoo. Hank helps Dory search for her parents. Then there is her friend whale friends Destiny and Billy voiced by Kaitlin Olson and Ty Burrell who also join in the search for Dory’s family. This film is a pure delight with lovable characters that will touch your heart. The message of the film is powerful, which is; no matter what your adversity you can still do amazing things. That means a lot to anyone struggling with a disability or just struggling with any obstacles in life. Just ask yourself what would Dory do? This film gets out of 5 popcorn bags.
This long awaited film is confusing at best as timeline films often can be. It seems in this version the X-MEN are all kids with the exception of Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman, who actually just makes an appearance, Professor X played by James McEvoy, Magneto played by Michael Fassbinder and Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence. The film takes place in the 80’s and all of the X-MEN are still trying to get a grasp on their powers. Scott Summers played by Tye Sheridan and Jean Grey played by Sophie Turner are very young and still trying to discover and understand their powers when chaos ensues and the Professor is taken hostage by Apocalypse who wants to destroy the world to make a better one. His intentions are admirable, but he goes about the wrong way of doing things. He preys on the vulnerability of some mutants to make them join him. The special effects are amazing! The scene where all of the nuclear war heads and weapons get blasted into space is a thing of beauty! If only somethig like that would really happen. Just think a world with no war or weapons of mass destruction. That would be sheer bliss! This is what Apocalypse wants, a world with no weapons. That scene is very powerful! The message of the film is very powerful, which is that we all must get along into survive. We all must share this world and we had better find a way to share it peacefully. This too is what Professor X wants as well. The only difference is Apocalypse wants mutants to rule the Earth. His motto is only the strong survive and since humans aren’t as strong as mutants they must surrender to them, so naturally Apolcalypse and his crew must be stopped.
The film holds your attention, but with the confusing timelines at times it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it is still very entertaining. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.
This film definitely falls short of expectations. Directed by James Bobbin this film definitely doesn’t have the charm of the first film. Something is definitely missing. That something is Tim Burton who directed the first film that started it all. Burton has a way of telling a story and bringing it o life. and Bobbin not so much. The cast is back reprising their roles as the Wonderland characters we’ve grown to know and love. In this sequel Alice played by Mia Wasikowska must return to Wonderland to save Hatter played by Johnny Depp who does a fabulous job no matter what character he plays. In There are some new faces like Father Time played by Sasha Baron Cohen and Hatter’s family. The special effects are well done as can be expected in a Wonderland film. The scene where Alice is dashing through time is quite thrilling and looks very believable. One thing the film does do is explain how and why things are the way they are. All is not always what it seems in Wonderland. One single lie spun by someone you never would’ve suspected wreaked havoc in Wonderland. That one lie is reason things are the way they are. The message of the film is that we should’t take time for granted. A;so that we can’t change the past, but we must learn from it because everything happens for a reason. Lies can destroy. As far as Alice she has grown up to be a sailor like her father was, in fact she is a captain of her father’s ship. This film makes about as much sense as Wonderland film can. The characters are delightful and the colors vibrant and bright. But even all of that couldn’t save this film. It’s definitely not as good as its predecessor. It gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Angryrific! This film is such a delight and it’s enjoyable for parents as well as kids. Jason Sudakis nails it as Red the angry bird who thought he was content being left alone. He finds that it is important and much more enjoyable to have friends. Even friends as annoying as Chuck voiced by Josh Gad and Bomb voiced by Danny McBride. These three make an awesome team.
Peter Dinklage is hilarious as the voice of the Mighty Eagle. All of cast do a great job bringing their characters to life. The plot of the film is that the pigs have moved in and they steal the bird’s eggs and Red, Chuck and Bomb hatch a plan to stop the pigs and rescue the eggs. Seeing this film definitely explains a lot about the game the film is based on. There are so many lovable characters in the film and the baby birds are just adorable. There are some surprises in the film like birds that blow up or shoot bombs. The animation is very well done. The film holds your attention from the opening scene to the ending scene where the birds are dancing at the end. It was interesting watching the birds come up with a plan to fly over to the pigs and get the eggs back. It’s very strange but none of the birds could fly with the exception of Mighty Eagle, which is why he was revered as a great hero in the bird community. These birds are proof that when we all work together to achieve a common goal anything is possible. This film will definitely become a classic loved by all. It appeals to people of all ages. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.
Nice film! Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play Jack Healy and Holland March two questionable characters turned into nice guys. In the opening of the film the two work alone but a case brings the two of them together and they decide to team up to solve it. This turns into the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The film takes place in the 70’s and plunges them into the world of porn, but not as you may think. It is interesting to see these dramatic actors doing comedy and doing it well. The nice guys are on the case to find Amelia played by Margaret Qualley a missing girl being hunted by her own corrupt mother played by Kim Basinger. It is good to see Kim back acting on the big screen and she looks fabulous! Matt Bomer does a really good job in playing John Boy an assassin sent to kill Amelia. There is a lot of action in the film. The opening scene is a car crashing into a house. The stunts and fight scenes are well done and very believable. The scene where Ryan Gosling falls off a balcony and rolls down a hill looked quite painful. His character Holland March seems to fall a lot., but he always seems to get the job done whether he be drunk or sober. He is also a single dad to Holly played by Angourie Rice, who does an excellent job holding her own against a cast of seasoned actors. The plot makes sense and the film definitely does hold ones attention. There is also a powerful message in the film as well which can be seen in the scene where Jack and Holland are looking for Amelia and they go to a die-in where people are laying on the steps pretending to be dead because of the pollution in the air. This film is funny with action and thrills. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.